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Why the top-365-songs list isn't a stupid idea

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Gregory Corso: My encounter with a Beat legend

Golden Globes: Sleazy and proud of it

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"NYPD Blue" opener: The misery continues

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"West Wing," "Ally," et al.: Words, words, words

When TV shows outstay their welcome

Film critics dig their own graves with "Angels" review

Great Robert Altman films you never
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Glitterati is dead, long live Popfocus

Carl Barks: The man who put the ducks in Duckburg

"Almost Famous": Lester Bangs rises from the dead

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Weddings that aren't: Douglas, Zeta-Jones, Madonna, Ritchie

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Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the Iglesias odds

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Liz Hurley denies dissing ex-beau

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Sampras to take a stroke at wedding bells

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Lester Bangs: The troublesome punk who wouldn't die

Rags clash over Ted Turner "romance"

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Oscar telecast: Looking for a few good hosts

"Lambs," "Beauty": Oscar's love affair with unacceptable behavior

Brad Pitt, Oscar to be in same room at same time

Letterman bites guest-host bullet: Andrew "Dice" Clay, call your agent

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"Mod Squad" Immortal dishes couple du jour

Brad Pitt's second thoughts about Oscar

Mike McCurry praises "West Wing": It's not entirely demeaning,,,"

Memo to "Hannibal" producers: Get Najimy while the getting's good

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A Peanuts trivia Q&A

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Ricky Martin on Menudo: Look back in anger

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Tom Cruise puts himself in harm's way, only not really

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1600-1700: The earth moves; North America is settled

Trump mulls travel plans, from altar to White House

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Major quakes aren't personal unless they happen to you

Brad Pitt gracious about character assassination

Director insists Harrison Ford is not a brainless hulk

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Streisand: Color her ready to plug her new album

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Literary mud wrestling, featuring Geri and The Spice Girls

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The Beats: Remembered, Lionized and Unread

Real estate beat, starring Woody Allen and Donald Trump

Mood Music, or how we learned to stop worrying

Sex in the cinema: From "Last Tango" to "Eyes Wide Shut"

Two easy steps to looking exactly like Ricky Martin

Close encounters of the Muppet kind

Upcoming Brad Pitt movie not garbage, insiders say

Kathie Lee's eyewear excites Islanders' ire

Back to the future, continued

"Wild Wild West": Buck Rogers in the 19th century

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P. Dempsey Tabler of the jungle: The many faces of Tarzan

Kirk Douglas' Ex tells all about Errol Flynn fling

New twist in TV programming: Ax profitable shows

Private jet fees spell the end for another celebrity union

Killer serials: "Flash," "Buck" and a boy named George Lucas

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Celebrity Dream dreams: Monica, Donald, Barbara, Georgette

Two divas, publicist form bizarre show-biz triangle

Johnny Cash tribute: Ring of fire, ring of friends

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Grande Dame Eyes MGM Grand Gig

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NBC honcho bristles at notion that Brokaw is not a saint

Barbara Walters not keen on daily dose of Monica

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April 4, 2000

Innovative career move for 'NYPD Blue'

By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service

CAREER MOBILITY (1): Jaded as you are about actors in hit TV programs leaving to become big movie stars, no doubt you will be gratified to hear that Andrea Thompson has dreamed up a whole new variation on the concept.

Andrea, who has been portraying the statuesque Detective Jill Kirkendall for the last four seasons on "NYPD Blue," is abandoning the show to become

  1. Proprietor of a bowling alley in Portland, Me.
  2. A candidate for Congress in Worcester, Mass.
  3. A local TV news anchorwoman in Albuquerque, N.M.

 IMAGINE YOUR SURPRISE: The answer is 3.

"I've always been a news junkie," Andrea says, coyly implying that this constitutes an explanation.

CAREER MOBILITY (2): We have asked a trained team of rhetoricians to translate the following USA Today item into plain English.

"Screen star Geena Davis plans to return to TV after a 15-year absence, agreeing to star in an ABC sitcom this fall. Tentatively titled 'Lost & Found,' the show would star Davis as a city-dwelling career woman who falls in love with a suburban widower with two kids."

TRANSLATION: "Geena Davis, whose film career has been severely battered by big box-office flops, some of them directed by her former husband, Renny Harlen, has decided to opt for a regular paycheck while the opting's good."

READING BETWEEN THE LINES: Speaking, of "news," CBS has been foisting its new morning program, "The EarlyShow" - starring the beleaguered Bryant Gumbel, who is somehow managing to give high-profile celebrity divorce a bad name - on the viewing public for fully three months now. The show, in case you hadn't heard, is not doing well. What do those responsible have to say for themselves?

Executive producer Steve Friedman: "Hey, it's a tough road, we admit it. We probably underestimated the entrenchment of the morning audience."

(Many a promising television program has foundered on the rocks of entrenchment underestimation, it's quite true.)

CBS News president Andrew Heyward: "No one expected this to be a quick fix. We've spent decades being an also-ran. You can't reverse that in five months. You just have to be patient."

TRANSLATION: "Just don't give Bryant our new home phone numbers."

MEMO TO 'EARLY SHOW': Once Andrea Thompson has learned the ropes in Albuquerque, bring her in as Bryant's second banana. A fresh face might do wonders. And, as we mentioned, she's statuesque, potentially a nice offset to Bryant himself, who has been described as "statue-like."

HARD LINES: If you think you have it tough, consider what TV stars like Heather Locklear and Barry Bostwick of "Spin City" are having to go through now that their program is moving from New York to L.A.

"We sold everything when we came here to do the show," Barry laments. "We brought everything, every stick of furniture to New York. And last summer, we brought the last box of knickknacks. But we're going to stay here (in N.Y.), and I'm just going to fly back and forth on weekends." Which is exactly what people on welfare often have to do when they have bicoastal commitments.

PINT-SIZE PROFESSIONAL: It should go without saying that Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and 11-year-old Oscar nominee Haley Joel Osment have been making a motion picture together, and that Kevin gives the lad high marks indeed.

"Haley is an extraordinary talent who is totally committed to the work," Kevin tells a reporter. "We were doing this scene, and after the third take everyone felt we had gotten it. But Haley says, 'We have to do it again. I wasn't there enough for you.' No one thought it was necessary, but he insisted. So we did it, and he was right. It was better on the fourth try." He sounds even more annoying than most children.

THE DOUGLAS/ZETA-JONES NUPS: We're happy to report that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are still planning to become married to each other. However, Michael brands as fallacious a recent report that they had ponied up $79,000 to reserve Skibo Castle in Scotland for the event.

"I was a little upset about that," he tells a British TV station. "We've never considered that a possibility." Next thing you know they'll be saying she's pregnant or something.

Roger Anderson is arts and entertainment editor at Scripps Howard News Service.

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